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road to recovery, just days after watching her husband rocket into space, wounded congresswoman gabrielle giffords gets set to take a huge leap of her own. schwarzenegger's secret, new details about the lovechild that derailed his 25-year marriage. and the oprah countdown, saying good-bye to the undisputed queen of daytime tv. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. wounded congresswoman gabrielle
giffords is expected to pass another medical milestone today. she'll undergo a planned surgery to replace a piece of her skull that was removed after she was shot in the head in january during an assassination attempt. joel brown is in washington with more on this. joel, how complicated is this surgery? >> reporter: betty it's called a cranioplasty. it probably sounds more complicated than it is but it is the biggest milestone yet in what doctors call a miraculous recovery. doctors at this houston hospital plan to use a plastic implant to replace a piece of congresswoman gabrielle giffords' school. >> they decided to use a fabricated segment as opposed to her original. they feel it's safer, cleaner, actually it's a better puzzle piece sort of fitting in there, if you can imagine that. >> reporter: surgeons removed a section in january to reduce brain swelling. she's been wearing a helmet while undergoing intensive
rehabilitation. >> liftoff of the final mission of "endeavour." >> reporter: she watched her husband blast off on "endeavour." the crew kicked off? space with the song chosen by congresswoman giffords and her two daughters. she's able to talk and has some mobility. >> she gets better, you know, all the time, day after day. >> reporter: even before his mission kelly was confident giffords would keep making strides while he was gone. >> when i get back in a few weeks, she's going to be noticeably different than when i left. i mean, i know that's the case. >> reporter: giffords' surgery is expected to last from anywhere from one and a half to two hours. recovery should be short, a day or two at the most. captain mark kelly sent his first e-mail from space writing
to his friends and family that he's confident his wife's condition will continue to improve adding that she'll prevail. betty? >> we sure hope so. joel brown in washington, thank you, joel. the head of the international monetary fund remains behind bars under a suicide fund. dominique staus khan is under growing pressure to resign from the imf. his alleged victim is a 32-year-old widow. her lawyers said she had no idea who strauss-kahn was but she is determined to press ahead. >> now she knows it's her word against a man who is powerful and rich in the world, and she is grateful to be in a country where her rights are equal to his. so is she reluctant to go forward? no. she will do what she is asked to do, she will tell her story and happy to do that because she is telling the truth. >> u.s. treasury secretary tim
geithner would not comment on the case but said of strauss-kahn "he is not in the position to run the imf." republican presidential hopeful newt gingrich is already having his troubles. >> stop anti-gay politics. >> he was sprinkled with glitter during a book signing. also a financial disclosure form from gingrich's wife revealed they owed american express between $15,000 and $50,000 and up to half a million dollars to tiffany's the jewelry store. rick santorum is saying republican senator john mccain doesn't understand harsh interrogation techniques. mccain spent five and a half
years in north vietnam where he was tortured. mccain said waterboarding did not provide intelligence that led the raid that killed osama bin laden. yesterday santorum insisted that mccain doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works. new details are emerging about the secret lovechild fathered by former california arnold schwarzenegger. tmz says this is the mother of the child. the in, nrk times reports she was pregnant at the same time maria shriver was also pregnant 14 years ago. shriver has known about the boy since january. through numerous allegations of misconduct, shriver was her husband's strongest supporter. >> you've gone on record as saying you would vouch for his character. he was that good of a man and yet everything you believed as your marriage, the character of your husband, it all falls down around you. if that's not the worst sense of betrayal, i don't know what is. >> the couple's 17-year-old son
tweeted he still loves his family but signed it "patrick shriver." it is slow going, but this morning's barge traffic is moving on the mississippi river. the coast guard opened a 15-mile stretch of the river closed most of yesterday in natches, mississippi, an effort designed to hold back floodwaters but the river continues to rise, swamping thousands of acres. karen boren has one family's story. >> reporter: it was a race against time when floodwaters swamped this mississippi home in a matter of minutes. >> we're evacuating as fast as we can. >> reporter: family members ran to their nearby coop filled with 300 chickens. they threw the birds to safety and pulled out dozens of chicks but about half of their birds did not survive. >> back in the car but ain't nothing nobody can do about it. >> reporter: the family built a four-foot levee to block the
yazoo river. when it broke it took ten minutes to swamp the property. >> run, get anything that was worth anything. >> reporter: look how quickly the water is rushing in. just a few minutes ago if you can look this way, it was all the way back towards the yazoo river. the yazoo is a tributary of the mississippi which has caused massive flooding throughout the state. the river has been rising to historic levels and officials are taking drastic measures. in louisiana water continues to be diverted into the morganza spillway where some 25,000 people live. >> prepared because the lack of preparation can cause destruction. >> reporter: many packed up and left. others trying protect their property. as this family found out, it may not be enough. karen brown, cbs news, yazoo, mississippi. the man who may or may not be the head of the new al qaeda. plus how much would you pay for the unabomber's possessions?
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today. the queen made a gesture of reconciliation yesterday by laying a wreath at dublin's garden of remembrance, which honors the irish rebels who died fighting for independence from england. on the "cbs moneywatch," stocks rise on asian markets. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest oen that. >> good morning to you, betty. tokyo's nikkei jumped over 1%. hong kong's hang seng went up slightly and oil climbed to almost $98 a barrel. today wall street looks to get back on track. on tuesday stocks finished lower on disappointing profits. the dow lost 68 points while the nasdaq gained a fraction. the senate shot down a bill to repeal about $2 billion a year in tax breaks for the five largest oil companies. the bill was a democratic measure in response to $4 a gallon gas prices. democrats hoped to bring the bill back later on this year. construction of new homes
plunged last month, down more than 10%. apartment and condo starts were particularly weak. building permits assigned a future activity dropped 4%. analysts blame tighter lending and millions of foreclosures. netflix is now the new king of the internet at least in bandwidth. a new study finds its streaming movies and tv shows account for nearly 30% of internet traffic during peak internet hours. streaming video takes up more room. netflix has been highly successful in transitioning its customers to the online service from its dvd mail program. the company is now getting into premiering content on the internet before it even gets to the tv or movie screen. two notorious auctions begin today. bernie madoff's expensive liquor cabinet for wine and whiskeys can be placed online.
madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence for a ponzi scheme. how about bidding on the unabombers' stuff? his sneakers to infamous manifesto are being auctioned off by u.s. marshals beginning today. all of the proceeds will go to the victim's families. those are two creepy auctions there, betty. >> yes, i won't be bidding on any of that. ashley, thank you. straight ahead your wednesday morning weather and in sports, the mavericks' dirk nowitski puts on a shooting clinic against the thunder to open the western conference finals. [ male announcer ] it's the softest touch,
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first on kevin durant's coast to coast score but dallas started pouring it on. dirk nowitski scored 48 points to silence the thunder 121-112, taking one of the nba's western conference finals. the cleveland cavaliers may not be in the playoffs but got a huge win yesterday. they got the number one and number four overall picks in the nba draft lottery. that should help them rebuild after losing lebron james last year. in baseball extra innings in atlanta. bottom of the ninth, hunter pence made a great catch off of the wall but in the 11th, mccann's two-run blast gave atlanta the three-run win over houston. in cincinnati kerry woods of the cubs throws to wood, allowing two runs to score, tying the game at 5-5. in the same game an rbi double to right, and cincinnati went on to win, 7-5.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. the northeast remains cloudy with rounds of heavy rain from a storm system in the atlantic. sunshine returns to the southeast. thunderstorms will be brought to the midwest. doctors are scheduled to replace a piece of congresswoman gabrielle giffords' skull with a plastic implant. giffords was critically wounded in a shooting last january.
imf chief dominique strauss-kahn is under a suicide watch in a new york city jail. the hotel maid who accuses him of sexual assault says she did not know who he was. over the years oprah winfrey hosted nearly every big star you can name on her long running talk show, plenty of them turned out last night in chicago as the last oprah show was taped, madonna, stevie wonder, beyonce and as sandra hughes reports many more. >> reporter: after 25 years of talking, oprah winfrey was almost speechless as she created an ex-static crowd who won tickets from an online lottery. the event called "surprise oprah, a farewell spectacular" featured a-list stars saying their good-bye. tom hanks was the first. >> more than 40 million people have tuned in every week and that means billions of viewers over generations, and you have said it over and over again,
oprah, it's all about fthem. >> it's all about them. >> another tom came next, star-studded event went into overdrive with tributes. >> the oprah show taught me the power of forgiveness. >> reporter: famous friends. will and jada dropped by and who else? michael jordan. after all, these last tapings took place on his old home court, the united center, where the chicago bulls play. this place is on fire for oprah, some 13,000 fans packed this arena to show their love for the talk show host. the shows will air monday and tuesday before winfrey's final broadcast next wednesday. one part of tuesday's show not yet released to the media features gayle king with maria shriver, following the news her husband arnold schwarzenegger fathered a child with another woman. >> i'm proud she was able to do that, it was a testament to oprah and everything she has taught us. >> reporter: oprah took it all
in with tears and smiles and appreciation for her fans. cbs news, chicago. a georgia man who propolesed to his girlfriend on what some are calling the greatest proposal ever. he put together a high production video and got to the local movie theater show, a trailer while his girlfriend, jenny, was in the audience and being secretly taped. it begins with matthew asking her father for his permission. >> it might be oldfashioned, may not be necessary but it's important to me, and i know it's important to your daughter that i do this as well. i'd like to have your blessing, sir. may i have your daughter's hand in marriage? >> you have my permission for her hand in marriage. i would love to have you as a son-in-law. >> the rest is practically a movie in itself. he races to the theater as jenny watches. the trailer ends and the i have yographer picks it up live as he
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mr. bernstein. >> it is pouring out in spots west and south and northwest of town. yesterday, i was out walking the dog, sun's out. half an hour later, it is pouring to beat the band. >> how many more days of this? >> through friday. >> on and off. >> the weekend is looking better. >> here is your day planner for this wednesday. it is only wednesday, i know. another long week. temperatures are climbing into the low to mid-70s. sometimes, we'll see sunny breaks, other times some showers and storms. not an all day rain but like i said yesterday, the threat will be scattered around all day with generally an east wind at about 10 miles per hour. here's the bigger picture. you can see the rotation around the upper low bringing in the moisture off the atlantic. back toward us. everything is moving southeast to northwest. quiet south of town, locally, look at this. in northern fairfax county, into loudoun county, just west of d.c. here from around arlington, right up route 7 over toward martinsburg, it is really coming down there.
south of d.c., things are much quieter. out for some ponding of water on roadways. that could cause some trouble. i turn over to angie with timesaver traffic. >> a good reason to watch the speed this morning. take it a little extra slow if you can. because as howard mentioned, coming down heavy especially out of the reston area. 270 though, all clear. slick roads to contend with. past 109 to the lane divide, no incidents or accidents. on the inner loop or outer loop in maryland, route one college park to 270, a smooth commute so far. 95 in virginia, if you're making the track from fredericksburg past dumfries up to the mixing bowl, still about a one hour commute. a look at 66 in virginia, that's at 4:31. over to you. >> here are stories we're following for you this morning. congresswoman gabery quell giffords will undergo surgery today to replace a piece of skull removed by doctors after she was shot in january. >> her astronaut husband, mark kelly is now in space leading the last mission of the space
shuttle "endeavour." she has been wearing a helmet while undergoing intensive rehabilitation in houston. she's recently returned back to texas from florida where of course, she watched her husband rock neat space. >> britain's queen queen elizabeth is on a historic trip to ireland. >> charlie d'agata is there with more on her highly symbolic and controversial trip. >> reporter: queen elizabeth wore emerald green as she began her first visit to ireland. >> i think it's great to see that we are happy and open to welcome the head of our neighboring country. >> despite threats of violence, she's keeping to her schedule. the queen laid a wreath at dublin memorial honoring irish rebels who died fighting for independence from her own british rule. the event symbolized how far relations between the two countries have come. >> she could have done that ten years ago. it was still a bit too raw. >> reporter: for some, it still
is. dissident republicans say the queen has no business visiting as long as northern ireland remains british. >> we just don't want her here. nobody here wants her here. that's it. end of story. >> reporter: the queen's controversial trip has prompted the largest security operation this country has ever seen. there are thousands of police and troops deployed throughout the capital. they diffused a bomb in dublin and found another fake one. and officers quickly put an end to one protest that turned violent. security is so heavy that few have been able to see the queen but her supporters aren't complaining. >> i would hate for anything to happen to her and if i was her, i would be worried. yes, i would be worried. >> reporter: the queen is travelling in an armored vehicle with her own armed security forces to make sure her four-day trip makes history for all the right reasons. charlie d'agata, cbs